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Man’s murder trial moved to Spokane

Sun., Sept. 19, 2010, midnight

The third murder trial for Vicente Ruiz is being moved from Franklin County to Spokane County.

Franklin County Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell earlier granted a change of venue for Ruiz, accused of shooting six men inside a Pasco body shop in 1987, killing five and wounding one. Attorneys for Ruiz, 45, say he can’t get a fair trial in Franklin County because of publicity.

On Friday, Mitchell said Spokane County had the time and space for the trial, which is to start Nov. 9.

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